Wm. E. Boucher Banjo  c. 1850 


26" scale length with a 3.25" deep 12 inch rim.  Has a rich deep tone when tuned to minstrel tunings of the 19th Century.


Maple neck
Curly  maple rim veneer
10 cast brass Boucher brackets.
Aged brass hardware.
Natural skin head
Rosewood or ebony tailpiece.
Ebony tuning pegs.

Price: $1800

Peghed geared tuners............$150
Rosewood fingerboard......... $100
Fitted hard-shell case........... $100
synthetic head "renaissance head" ..no charge







William Esperance Boucher Jr.
began making
banjos in his Baltimore
musical instrument factory around 1848. 

Union Cavalry Soldier with Boucher Banjo, ca. 1864.
Ferrotype, courtesy of Edwin Sims

His banjo gained widespread distribution during the middle of the 19th Century. They were commonly used in Minstrel Shows and carried by soldiers of both sides during the Civil War.

from Boucher business card courtesy of Bob Sayers